In praise of true Hero's

White haired one By White haired one, 7th Aug 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Within our society we use the word Hero very easily often talking about sportsmen and celebrities. But when watching a weekly motoring programme I witnessed a new definition of the term Hero's with the story of three recently injured and maimed Soldiers and their dream to build a racing team and take charge of their shattered lives once more.

Racing in a field

I am constantly surprised and intrigued by the power of the human spirit and its potential for growth even in the face of adversity. This evening I have been watching a motoring programme on British television and on this episode is an article about three Soldiers who all share the experience of being blown up by IED's or Improvised Explosive Devices which are so prevalent in the current theatres of war.

The three men in question have all been injured to different degree's by these terrible weapons but what unites them is they are all now Amputee's and they all share a love of Motor sport.
The mission for them on this particular programme was to drive a four wheel drive vehicle at high speed across ten miles of farm land deep in the English countryside. In itself quite a tall order considering what these brave souls have recently endured. However this is just the start of what they wish to achieve, their ultimate goal is to partake in the infamous Paris to Dakar Rally.

Paris to Dakar Rally

If you do not know about this event it is a feat of endurance that saps every ounce of strength of those that take part in it's brutal course. The worst is when it makes its way down through the Sahara Desert in north Africa. The drivers, vehicles and crew are tested to the limit and many fail this harsh route with some occasionally paying with their lives as horrific crashes are commonplace.
Add to this the possibility of getting lost in some of the most inhospitable terrain in the world and you have a recipe for a human ordeal that is not easily rivalled.

Broken bodies and broken minds

Back on the farm land the crew prepare for their first experience of off road driving at high speed.
The main driver has his right leg missing from the Knee down and the co-driver has a left leg and one arm taken away but the real hero of the team is the mechanic whose job is to keep the vehicle in working order. This chap is a sight to behold as both of his legs have been blown off right the way up to his hips. We were treated if that is the right word to to graphic pictures of his injures just minutes after the blast when he was being medi-vacted in a helicopter. It defies belief how a human being can survive such a trauma to their body never mind contemplating competing in one of the worlds greatest races.

Yet here we where watching this same Man swinging all over this vehicle using just his arms on all kind of strange scaffold arrangements. It was easy to believe that this was some kind of superhuman until he was interviewed by the presenter who asking probing questions pierced the Vail of humour and bravado sending this poor Man into a flood of tears forcing him to stop talking while he composed himself. It was very obvious that these fine gentleman’s wounds are not just physical there is also a good deal of psychological damage to be faced before the healing process can be completed if indeed it ever can be.

Fine examples

These three men are all facing a future that is totally alien to them and their families with constant pain and restriction of movement and the prospect of being thought of a disabled. Nothing wrong with that you may say but we must remember these soldiers are in the prime of their adult lives they were fit, strong and active with excitement around every corner as their daily job. They now have much of what they took for granted taken a way from them. This is the part that touches me deeply, the fact that these three Hero's choose life and not to retreat into a shell and contemplate how hard done by they are.

Thank you

I sat in my comfy chair watching these wonderful people choking back the tears of admiration of the example they set of how to conduct yourself as a high quality being, these are true men of honour and courage , I would like to salute you and all people who overcome hardship and misfortune of your kind for your inspiration of showing the rest of us just what the Human spirtit can achieve.
Bless all of you and thank you for your sacrifices and the examples you set.


Disability, Human Potential, Inspiration, Inspirational Story, Inspire, Sacrifces

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
7th Aug 2011 (#)

Wow these people have really triumphed.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
8th Aug 2011 (#)

Incredibly inspiring story, White haired one. Thank you.

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author avatar Songbird B
10th Aug 2011 (#)

Yes, I watched that too, and struggled to hold back the tears..An amazing programme about amazing survivors...Am so glad that you published this WHO...A real tribute..

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author avatar Retired
17th Aug 2011 (#)

Good article--what an unusual and inspiring story. Thanks for sharing. ;-))

Warmly, rd

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author avatar White haired one
17th Aug 2011 (#)

Thank you RD
I like your articles as well.

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author avatar Denise O
23rd Aug 2011 (#)

WHO, what a very touching read. My admiration for these brave people are out of this world. I was a AF brat, my dad did 21 years. From 56-77. I also live next to Ft Benning, which is a big Army post in Georgia USA. I choose to live by these people because, they are second to none. Just a wonderful read my friend. Thank you for sharing.:)

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